• Special Education

    Core Purpose:

    In partnership with our families and communities, Richland D88a will educate all students to reach their highest potential.


    • All students are general education students first
    • Special education is a service for students with an identified disability
    • Special educators (including related service providers) utilize specialized instruction for the purpose of acquiring the necessary skills to master grade level standards

    Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA)

    Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) was passed by Congress to ensure all students with disabilities ages 3-21 would receive a free and appropriate public education to meet their individual and unique learning needs.

    The Special Education Referral Process

    If a parent has concerns about their child’s academic or social-emotional progress, as it relates to education, they can contact the Department of Student Services. Please consult the following website for comprehensive information regarding the special education and response to intervention process: